Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Windows won't load - perpetual boot loop

by snowis / October 19, 2008 3:17 AM PDT

Last night everything was fine, this morning I find my computer in a perpetual boot loop - it loads the windows screen, then goes black for a few minutes, then reboots the computer. I have tried the following:
-restart in safe mode (same prob)
-last known good configuration (same prob)
-disable auto restart after system failure (resulted in a black screen, but power light on, no error message displayed)

The system is a 2 year old Sony Vaio, running Windows XP media center

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advanced!

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Windows won't load - perpetual boot loop
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Windows won't load - perpetual boot loop
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Given its a Sony...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 3:26 AM PDT

The restore CDs have limited repair options. Try unpluging anything that is USB that isn't needed and retest.

Fail? Ok try LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURTION (read http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=LKGC )

Fail? Ok, put in a new hard disk, use the restore media and later add the old drive in as a slave drive to get your files out.

Sorry but Sony's restore CDs and their limited repair options are why I give this list.
Bob

Collapse -
I had the same problem too.
by 1062107 / October 19, 2008 3:37 AM PDT

Yeah, I had the same problem. It went to the loading screen, and totally blacked out after.

Now, here's what to do: First of all, you'll need to reinstall Windows XP or whatever operating system you have.
Remember, in the computer setup, say boot from CD.

Reinstall everything, it should work again.
If your CD can't go in,or if it doesn't work in general, try using floppy disks instead.

Look here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994
It provides downloads for floppies.

If THAT doesn't work, reformat your disk. There might be something in there.

My issue was that a file was missing/corrupted.

It took me 2 days to get this done when I tried to fix it.
But now, I think i could get this whole process done in 15 minutes, it shouldn't be THAT hard.

Hope this helps!!!

*btw*,this happened when I was installing Service Pack 2 on the computer, and I cancled the installation, and well-let's just say I had a problem.

Collapse -
Thanks for the help
by snowis / October 19, 2008 7:28 AM PDT

I appreciate it!

Collapse -
try chkdsk?
by Nightmares0nwax / October 20, 2008 8:07 AM PDT

its more likely to be corrupted operating system files, run the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

the r switch recovers readable data.

recovery console can be found ona recovery cd or your windows installation cd. you need to boot from the cd

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

FALL TV PREMIERES

Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!